05.20.14

President Signs Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act of 2013 Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement following the President signing the Kilah DavenportChild ProtectionAct of 2013intolaw.

"I ampleased that this important legislation has been signed intolaw," said Senator Burr. "The Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act of 2013 will help ensure the care and protection of our children.While I regret thatKilah did not survive to see her issue championed,her law will helpprotectother children. I also would like to thank Representative Pittenger for his advocacy and determination on behalf ofKilah's family and the abused."

Named after Kilah Davenport, a young girl born and raised in North Carolina who was the victim of severe abuseand who tragically passed away earlier this year, thislawrequiresthe U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to issue a report detailing penalties for child abuse in each state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Additionally,the lawaddresses child abuse in areas where the federal government has responsibility by clarifying that previous convictions of child abuse can lead to criminal penalties for the offense of domestic assault by a habitual offender. It will play an important role in addressing crimes against children.

The Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act of 2013, which Senator Burr sponsored in the Senate (S. 1788),is supported by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) and National Children's Alliance.